Exciting things are happening up north. This week marks the best time to see the aurora borealis as it begins its colorful dance across the night sky. Named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek word for “north wind,” borealis, this phenomenon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It occurs between August and April when electrically charged particles are blown from the sun down to Earth in the “solar wind.” When the particles collide with atoms of oxygen and nitrogen in the Earth’s atmosphere, they illuminate the skies with colorful bands, rippling curtains, and shooting rays. Each eye-catching color is determined by the type of atom and the altitude of the collision. The best place to see the northern lights is between 66 and 69 degrees north, areas that are close or near to the Earth’s magnetic north pole. This sliver of the world includes northern Alaska, Canada, bits of Greenland, northern Scandinavia, and northern Russia. As we head into peak viewing season, we want to share the coolest ways to take in this mystical display.